Anti Smart Meter activists throughout Texas are one step closer to a state opt-out law.
According to Texans United Against Smart Meters Senate Bill SB 241, a bill “Relating to the authority of an electric customer to choose not to have a utility’s advanced meter” is out of committee and may face a vote in the next two days or so.
The bill will allow people to keep their old analog meter or have their Smart Meter removed and replaced with the older model. Barring any last minute amendments to the bill there will be no extra cost imposed on people who opt out of accepting the digital meters.
California’s opt-out program, for example, imposes a $75 setup fee and a $10 monthly charge for those with analog meters while charging nothing for Smart Meters. The Texans United group wants people to tell their state senators that “Paying extra to protect one’s Health or privacy or security of personal information is unjustified” and further call it “irrational and irresponsible.”
Opponents of the digital electric utility meters have claimed a host of problems arising from these devices including health concerns, inaccurate readings, radio frequency interference with medical and other devices in their homes, and invasion of privacy.
Dallas Libertarian Examiner has been reporting on the Smart Meter controversy since March 2010 and began following the activist community through the eyes of an anonymous Ft. Worth resident known only as “Mr. Smoot,” an acronym for “Smart Meter Opt Out Texan.”
Coverage has never been based on whether these issues were true or false but on the basis of people having the right to believe what they believe and the freedom to opt out of the state’s insistence that they have such a meter installed on their home or business.
The whole issue is freedom of choice and freedom from government-corporatist mandatory one-size-fits-all dictates. If some people believe, for any reason, that Smart Meters are not for them why shouldn’t they have the right to opt out? They’re not forcing you to opt in or out; you get to make your free choice as well.
Libertarians and all others who believe in freedom of choice are being asked to contact their state senators and urge them to vote yes on SB241.
“What we need is bipartisan support for this bill from 21 senators in total,” the opt-out group announced in their news release.
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